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Only oblique references to the dictatorship and traces of its silencing effect remain in her work. For example, Anita, the catatonic matriarch that presides over her family in the short story “Happy Birthday,” dramatically expresses her disgust for her children by silently calling them “A bunch of communists, that’s what they were—communists” (80). While traces of the effect of anti-Semitism and dictatorship on Lispector can be found in her troubled and troubling work, the bulk of her work also points the reader in the direction of a different limitevent: matricide.

36 Remembering Maternal Bodies Transformative Witness In her column, Lispector writes “Today I am paralyzed and mute. And I try to speak, all that comes out is a mournful growl” (1992, 53). 13 She writes that a stranger would visit her in the hospital when she was bandaged up and immobilized. The stranger would sit down at her bedside, saying little or nothing. From Lispector’s account, it appears she merely watched her, kept her company, and sustained her with her caring and loving presence. Later the mysterious stranger made herself known to Lispector as Teresa during a telephone call where she asked Lispector to stop writing for the newspaper so that she could develop the topics of her weekly columns into full-length books.

In “Preciousness,” she describes a “bombarded city” without parents (107). In “The Buffalo,” love is reduced to a resigned ritual: a monkey breast-feeding her young (148). And maternal paralysis and anger are of course the central tropes of the short story “Happy Birthday,” whose catatonic protagonist is a figure of Lispector’s grandmother according to her (1992, 311). But Lispector’s novel and short stories also go beyond the biographical dimension. They also suggest the symbolic nature of the death of the mother at the center of her melancholy works and at the origin of her call for a witness.

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